Friday, September 15, 2017

Right to Write: New York State Constitutional Convention 2017

The library, in conjunction with the Political Science Department, the Writing Center, and the Center for Civic Engagement, will be holding another Right to Write event on September 27 from Noon-5 pm in the Writing Center.

This time our focus is on raising awareness for the upcoming vote on November 7, 2017, regarding the Constitutional Convention.  At the ballot, New Yorkers will be asked to vote "Yes" or "No" to holding a Constitutional Convention.


Every 20 years, New York residents have the right to vote on whether or not to hold a Constitutional Convention to rewrite our state’s constitution. In advance of this year’s referendum, we will be holding a Right to Write session in the Writing Center to garner awareness about this crucial vote. During the session, students will have the opportunity to learn more about the pros and cons of having a constitutional convention —should we break up New York state? Should we change New York labor laws? Should New York guarantee access to healthcare? We will also be registering students to vote, making posters, eating pizza, and writing our representatives to endorse or oppose the convention.

You can find more information about the Constitutional Convention vote on our Research Guide for Right to Write.  We hope to see you there!

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